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Strictly Smokin' Big Band


[United Kingdom] North East Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and performing across the UK.


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Patchwork Jazz Orchestra


[United Kingdom] London London
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The Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are a collective London based ensemble dedicated to championing big band music in a contemporary setting. Since its debut at the 2014 London Jazz Festival, the group has been turning heads with the sound of fresh original compositions written exclusively by its members, and have appeared at some of London's best known jazz venues from the 606 Club and the Vortex, to abroad at the La Mortella concert series in Ischia, Italy. In 2015 the orchestra won the Peter Whittingham Award, whcih funded their own pop-up night 'Patchwork', along with their debut album which they are set to record at the end of 2017.


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Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra


[United Kingdom] London London
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The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra is a contemporary big band playing the original music of leader and composer Andrew Linham. They premiered their first album 'Weapons of Mass Distraction' in 2017 having formed in 2014 for the performance of two suites of music 'The Linferno Suite' (2013) and 'Theme Music of Anarchic Animals' (2015). They annually perform a 'Christ-Mess Extravaganza' at The Vortex and are a hidden gem in the London Jazz scene. Featuring a wealth of young talent, this millenial big band enjoys pastiche and wacky humour led with irreverance celebrating the wealth of diversity of style in the history of jazz. Downbeat said of them “The cleverly titled Weapons of Mass Distraction firmly establishes the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra has a signification addition to today’s big band scene and a group that deserves wider recognition at the international level.” Ed Enright, Downbeat Review (Editor’s Pick) December 2017


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The Nick Ross Orchestra


[United Kingdom] London London
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The Nick Ross Orchestra played its first summer season back in 1985 led by bandleader, Nick Ross and have been touring audiences across the UK and beyond ever since. This 16-piece big band feature some of the finest musicians in the UK along with guest singers which have included the likes of Sam Merrick, Georgina Jackson & Matthew Ford to name a few. With records released in 2008 (My Favourite Things), and 2011 (Jeepers Creepers) respectively, the NRO have recently released their third album, 'Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era' (2020), recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London featuring vocalist, Sam Merrick. Recapture the sounds and memories of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra present an unmissable evening of music and song, the classic Big Band Sound of the Glenn Miller Era. With a line-up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, a rhythm section and singers, the Nick Ross Orchestra faithfully recreate the Big Band sound of the 1940s. The NRO Library features hits from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Ted Heath, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, and Stan Kenton among others.... and our repertoire would not be complete without reference to the songbook of Frank Sinatra.


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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra


[United Kingdom] Scotland Edinburgh
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Founder/Director Tommy Smith established the SNJO in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization with a crystal clear artistic vision and core values of versatility, discipline, and expression. The SNJO is dedicated to promoting jazz as a pre-eminent art form through performances, original compositions, recordings, and educational outreach programmes. This commitment extends to the task of developing promising young jazz musicians through the ranks of The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that many of the leading lights in world jazz have enthusiastically shared the stage with the SNJO. People like Cleo Laine, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Bobby Watson, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jazzmeia Horn, Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Branford Marsalis, Arild Andersen, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Makoto Ozone, and Randy Brecker have all joined the orchestra to explore virtually every room in the house of the jazz. The SNJO repertoire has included re-imaginings of works by the great, the good and the gigantic, including Weather Report, Herman, Rich, Strayhorn, Goodman, Kenton, Basie, Gillespie, Mingus, Corea, Monk, Metheny, Shorter, Miles, and Coltrane. They have also recorded vivid interpretations of Gershwin and Ellington to rave reviews, alongside a remarkable re-reading of Miles Ahead, an ECM-tinted set on Celebration and Tommy Smith’s suite, Torah. The SNJO has also built a growing library of original compositions by the world's leading composers.


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Ed Puddick Big Band


[United Kingdom] South London
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The Ed Puddick Big Band has been playing together since 2004 and is led by composer and arranger Ed Puddick. This 14-piece band often features the finest jazz musicians in the UK and in 2010 released their debut album 'Guys & Dolls'. Other projects include 'Jubilee Suite' (2012) and a celebration of Thelonious Monk's (2017). http://www.edpuddick.com/


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Jon Ritchie & That Swing Sensation


[United Kingdom] Scotland Glasgow
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Since its formation in 2008, Jon Ritchie and That Swing Sensation has focussed on some of the greatest dance and big band music from the golden age of swing. Appearances on TV and radio, festivals and functions as well as sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and an appearance in The Guinness Book of World Records has made the band Scotland’s Record breaking Big Band


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The BBC Big Band


[United Kingdom] London London
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The BBC Big Band performs regularly at most of the UK’s major music festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham. Over the past 20 years the band has performed with many giants of the music world. These have included Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, George Benson, George Shearing, Lalo Schifrin, Clark Terry and Michael Bublé. The band’s origins date from the earliest days of the BBC and the formation of the original BBC Dance Orchestra in 1928. This began under the leadership of Jack Payne before Henry Hall took over in 1932. This ‘golden’ period of the 1930’s saw not only the BBC Dance Orchestra, but many other bands including those of Billy Cotton, Geraldo, Joe Loss and Jack Hylton become celebrities, thanks in great part to the unrivalled reach of the new medium of radio. As musical fashions changed, dance bands and big bands evolved and remained at the heart of the BBC’s musical output throughout the Second World War and beyond. In the 1950’s the BBC Dance Orchestra became known as the BBC Showband under the leadership of Cyril Stapleton. The band began to be used widely in the new medium of television, both in the company of home-grown talent including Matt Monro as well as with international stars such as Frank Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole.


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